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Virtual Environments for Mental Health Issues: A Review


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1 Pervasive Technology Lab (CIC), United Kingdom
2 Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, United Kingdom
3 Coventry University, United Kingdom
 

Three-dimensional (3D) environments are increasingly being used to provide therapy to those suffering from mental health problems. Virtual environments can provide a safe and realistic simulation to expose patients to the cause of their problem. This paper presents a review of the use of 3D environments to assess and treat mental health problems. Within the review applications to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic disorder, autism and phobias are described. The areas reviewed in this paper describe more recent works in the area of three-dimensional interfaces for the treatment of mental health problems.

Keywords

Mental Health, Virtual Reality Therapy, Three-Dimensional (3D) Games.
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Authors

David Haniff
Pervasive Technology Lab (CIC), United Kingdom
Alan Chamberlain
Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, United Kingdom
Louise Moody
Coventry University, United Kingdom
Sara De Freitas
Coventry University, United Kingdom

Abstract


Three-dimensional (3D) environments are increasingly being used to provide therapy to those suffering from mental health problems. Virtual environments can provide a safe and realistic simulation to expose patients to the cause of their problem. This paper presents a review of the use of 3D environments to assess and treat mental health problems. Within the review applications to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic disorder, autism and phobias are described. The areas reviewed in this paper describe more recent works in the area of three-dimensional interfaces for the treatment of mental health problems.

Keywords


Mental Health, Virtual Reality Therapy, Three-Dimensional (3D) Games.